Some beauty products over overly hyped up, but these few are worth all the talk:
1. BB Cream
This beauty craze hails from Asia and is essentially your entire morning routine in one step. It’s basically a tinted moisturizer that also contains SPF and anti-aging ingredients – everything your skin needs to keep looking young and health. There are different versions of this cream across many brands, from extra matte-ifying to brightening to detoxing. My personal brand of choice is Dr. Jarts, but it may take some trial and error to find the best brand for you. After you’ve found it, slap on this one-stop-shop in the a.m. followed by some mascara and gloss and you’ll be good to go!
2. Eyelash Curler
Some people are blessed with naturally curled lashes, but for those who aren’t, stick-out-straight eyelashes – or worse, ones that hang down and hood the eye – can be a challenge. Eyelashes that don’t curl up can actually make the eye look smaller and more tired than it is. On the other hand, when one’s lashes have a nice curl to them, the entire face is lifted upwards and appears more youthful. Curl lashes first and then apply the mascara – multiple coats if you really want to make an impact.
3. Baking Soda
The kitchen cabinet item has been revealed as a well-kept beauty secret. It has whitening and brightening powers in addition to its various other functions as a kitchen cleaner and baking ingredient. Some say they mix it into their toothpaste to naturally – and inexpensively! – whiten your teeth. Others, like movie darling Emma Stone, mix it into their facial cleansers to brighten and tighten the skin. For starters, try mixing a small amount into a mild cleanser, like Cetaphil, to create your own exfoliant.
4. Eyebrow Gel
Big brows are so in right now – see models Cara Delevingne and Ali Michael or movie stars Emma Watson and Lily Collins for inspiration. These two, though, are just a small part of a very large trend, pun intended. But the one problem with grown-out, thick eyebrows is keeping them in check: Brow gel is the perfect solution. The clear gel comes with a mascara brush applicator; gently brush eyebrow hairs upwards while keeping the shape of your arch in order to keep stray hairs in place. If you fill in your eyebrows with color, like I do, make sure to apply the gel after the color to seal everything in.
This tool is a true game-changer. Similar to the technology of Sonicare toothbrushes, these rechargeable, vibrating face brushed really work to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells gently – that is, without the wear and tear associated with traditional exfoliation, which can sometimes damage and loosen the skin if one rubs and tugs at it too forcefully. This brush can be used daily or once a week or anything in between, depending on your routine. Since I wear makeup every day, I use the Clarisonic every evening, as it’s proven to remove makeup much more thoroughly than traditional washing. In short, it delivers that freshly cleaned by the dentist feeling – but for your face. (Does that make sense?)
Which one of these insider tricks and tools will you try? Or do you have your own secret beauty weapon that didn’t make the list?